Teena Myers discovered her talent for writing while developing children’s church and Sunday school curricula. Time and again, friends and members of her church told her she should try to get her writing published. When she took their advice, she discovered Christian publishing was, paradoxically, dominated by a secular, profit-driven philosophy.
Publishing’s New Frontier is Myers’ inspirational recounting of her search for a publishing house more interested in faith and content than cash and business success.
Along the way, Myers receives some unconventional training in a secular writers’ group that includes Christians, agnostics, atheists, and a witch. She discovers a Christian writers’ guild with a focus on encouraging writers, as well as how fast she can create a manuscript when a publisher expresses interest in her ideas. She is met with generosity and skeptics, finds success with a publisher other writers maligned, and learns what to do when a priest forgets to pay for your book.
Lighthearted, often poignant, and always sincere, Publishing’s New Frontier reminds Christian writers their true purpose in writing is not to make money but rather to inspire, instruct, comfort, and honor God.
Finding Faith is no longer in Print
An author’s search to justify her faith leads her to answered prayers, a hundred year old prophecy fulfilled and a thirty-eight year old mystery revealed.
Excerpt from the Introduction:
“I found my stride the day popular Bible teacher Anna Donahue repeatedly came to my attention. She became the subject of my first profile, Who is Anna Donahue? I outlined her journey from broadcasting news to broadcasting the love of God. An unshakable name occurred more than once. Pastor Anthony Marquize, who was running for the United States House of Representatives, came to my attention three times in one day. I already had a list of people waiting for me to write their story and opted not to contact him. Before the week ended, I met him at a minister’s fellowship and relented. His story left me in awe. He lost the election but gained something greater. Finally, I denied multiple invitations to Dr. Kathy Baker’s Interfaith Bible study before a friend convinced me to attend. Dr. Baker’s story, A Shiny Pebble, gave me more than fodder for a book. She became a cherished friend.
Friends were a rich resource of remarkable stories. Jeremy Quintini, a lively child in my husband’s children service, fulfilled a 100-year-old prophecy in a foreign nation. Pamela Binnings Ewen’s struggle to find a faith compatible with reason produced credible evidence that the gospel stories can be trusted. George Zanca disqualified himself from pastoral ministry, but God did not. Mark McLean stared out his office window in the World Financial Center at the aftermath of the first plane’s collision with the Twin Towers. He looked up to witness the second plane heading for his office.
I entertained the idea of compiling the stories into a book in response to an atheist’s challenge. “Teena, I don’t care what God did thousands of years ago in the lives of shepherds. Tell me what God is doing today,” he said. The idea sat simmering on the back burner for a long time. I was busy and planned to do it another day. That day came when friend and fellow writer Rebecca Gernon nagged me into presenting the idea to an agent at a writer’s conference. The agent’s interest was unexpected. His request to see the manuscript forced me to write one. He later declined the project, and I laid my rejected work at God’s feet. “If you want this to be published,” I prayed, “give me a publisher.” Obviously, he did.
Finding Faith in the City Care Forgot by Teena Myers is one of those books that grabs your heart and spiritually uplifts you to a higher level. This was an amazing book with a lesson tucked in. This book was just what I needed to read. I love books that make me think, smile and get that peaceful feeling inside. This book managed to do all that. I enjoyed reading every page. There was no boring analogy that some authors add to just fill pages. I came away from this book feeling good about myself and feeling confident that Heavenly Father does love me, hears my prayers and answers them.
Connie Cowger, Appalachin Mountains
New Orleans has always enjoyed a reputation for having unique characters. In her book, Finding Faith in the City Care Forgot, Teena Myers introduces us to a beautiful cast of characters — real people, whose life stories reveal that faith is indeed alive and well in our City. Each chapter tells one person’s compelling story about their true-life experiences; some of the stories are painful, some are joyful, all are interesting. Grace and mercy, laughter and sorrow, joy and pain, all come together to reveal a unique journey of faith for each person in the book. One cannot help but notice Myers’ obvious gift for writing, because every story grasps the reader’s attention, making it hard to put the book down. But what also becomes clear is Myers’ gift for teaching, because valuable tidbits of wisdom spring from each chapter. Whether you live in New Orleans or not, you will enjoy this book. Long after the last page has been turned, Finding Faith in the City Care Forgot will continue to inspire us to seek our own faith in everything that we do, wherever we happen to be.
Dallas McGlinn, Pastor’s Assistant, Kenner, Louisiana
Have you ever found yourself taken off guard and completely stunned by how powerful and eloquent a writer can be? That was me today. I was sitting in the dentist office waiting for two of my kids to get their teeth cleaned. I pulled out my kindle and searched for something to read. Finding Faith just seemed to speak to me today so I opened it up and started reading. I could not stop! Teena Myers is creatively journalistic. Her depiction of a story is so layered and completely profound. From the introduction it’s very clear that this author has done her homework and mastered her craft.
Heather Randall, CEO, Christian Women Affiliate, Oklahoma
I want to give you a shout out for your book and what it has meant to me. Since I am from New Orleans I can identify with the people and situations. Some of the stories remind me of experiences I have had. I recently had surgery on my neck. I am unable to drive for another 2-3 weeks and I am not a big TV fan. Your book has saved me. The stories are just the right length to keep my attention, especially on the medication I have to take. Since they are all faith inspiring, it is a wonderful way to relax before bedtime. My only regret is that I am almost finished the book. Is your next one coming out in the next week? I will be needing it.
Jeana Weiss, Outreach Advocate, Hands of Help, Inc., Mississippi
I would highly recommend reading this book. It is inspirational and unbelievable. It is filled with thoughtful topics of love and forgiveness. I felt an excitement to live and to dream again, to stop living in the past, it reminded me that we are all God’s children and that there’s always HOPE. I have found Finding Faith in the City Care Forgot to be an inspirational journey to finding the courage within yourself to follow your heart. Teena Meyers has done a great job she has demonstrated real talent in writing such a wonderfully inspirational, uplifting book. This is a real page-turner from start to finish and I look forward to reading future work from Teena Myers.
Mary Ann Koopman, Homemaker, Port Washington, WI
In ‘Finding faith in a city care forgot’, Teena Myers opens her writing in action and stays in action until the very last page. She uses testimonies of people in her life to communicate the up-to-date and undying love God has for his people. I couldn’t help but recall John 3:16 whilst reading her text. Everything we Christians believe in, and all things the atheists doesn’t believe in, all of these things are based on one truth and it alone. God loved the world and continues to love us. Finding faith in a city care forgot, is a great book not only suited for church folks but for everyone who ever questioned God’s relevance in our daily lives.
Sammy Crimson, IT Technician, South Africa
“The greatest teacher of all times, Jesus, used stories to illustrate scriptural truths. Teena has gathered a selection of human interest stories that clearly demonstrate the mercy and saving grace of God. This is a wonderful collection of faith-inspiring stories that should be in every library.”
Rev. Douglas E. Fulenwider, Superintendent, Louisiana District of the Assemblies of God
“New Orleans is a city of characters. Teena Myers has chronicled the stories of many of them in this book and, in the process, has shown what a rich gumbo is this stew we call the Crescent City. I’m so glad to be one of the crabs she dropped into the pot!”
Dr. Joe McKeever, Preacher, Cartoonist, Retired Director of Missions for the Baptist Association of Greater New Orleans
“”Teena’s collection of stories confirms we have a diverse God who loves a diverse people in diverse ways. The storeis affirm that God’s hand is often unseen but always there for those who seek him. Heartwarming!”
Rev. Rob Blakney, Faculty and Dean for Student Success, Southwestern Assemblies of God University
I would strongly suggest this book. The only issue. I had with it was that it was so hard to read more than one persons story in a day. I would get so involved in a life story that I’d want to sit
with it and pray about how that could affect my own life.
Nichole (Nikki) Hinkle, Nusery Supervisor, Thomasville, PA
It was inspiring to read about all the positive people of a city instead of the negative ones. I think I had stereotyped New Orleans, even though I had been there. I will no longer focus on all the negatives I hear!
I read the story of the woman who felt called to move but had no financial resources to do so. She told God that if He wanted her to fulfill her calling, then he had to cough up the money. (Her prayer was more eloquent then that). Her story was a revelation for me. I don’t do that sort of thing because I feel like that is an act of avarice. In my mind, I rationalize that I can’t ask for money when so many others around the world are in worse shape than I am. (I am always keenly aware that even when I am most broke, I am still one of the richest people on the planet.) But her story made me realize that not only can I ask God for money, I must ask Him because I need the funds to fulfill the work He wants me to do. Her story removed my guilt and gave me permission to ask God directly for the money I need. Tell that woman that her testimony changed my life! Please thank her for me.
Marcia Wall, Photographer, California
“It is so inspirational. I do not want to put it down. Great reading.”
Betty Burke, Retired Evangelist and Missionary, Kenner, Louisiana
“Once I started reading, I could not put the book down!”
Ashley Carignan, Homemaker, Metairie, Louisiana
Teena, I love your book! It’s hard to put down! It will be easy for me to recommend it to others!
Marilyn Ford, Missionary to Africa, Retired, Lake Charles, Louisiana
About halfway through this book, the author recalls an incident in which the other members of her writing critique group were making harsh remarks about her and Jesus. She remembers biting her tongue as the critics heaped abuse upon her and refraining from laughter as an unexpected ally put them in their place.
The man didn’t share her beliefs, but said her writing was “damn fine material.” I couldn’t have put it better myself.
Teena Myers is a gifted story teller, and the accounts included in this compilation are both heart wrenching and uplifting. For those who don’t necessarily share Teena’s beliefs, the stories are also thought provoking. Is there a difference between divine intervention and coincidence? Is there a difference between faith and fate? Where does free will enter into the picture — or does it?
Alexandra Bogdanovich, Journalist, Connecticut
Beautiful, beautiful book, Teena. Now that I’ve finished it, I go back to chapters randomly for daily inspiration
Milena Rimassa, Marketing & Communications Strategist, Los Angeles, California
I had fun reading your book. Great Writing!
Kenneth Landriault, Missionary, Algiers, Louisiana
Nice job! The more personal approach of telling stories about the effect of faith in peoples’ lives really paid off, I think. It’s a fluid read, and much more likely to strike a chord than the more academic route you had taken before. I would not be surprised if this book goes into multiple printings.
David Brown, Atheist, Metairie, Louisiana
Teena Myers has a way of writing that draws you into the heart of her experiences. The many stories of how people found their way to God are moving, some sad, encouraging and inspiring. They remind you that faith is meant to grow within us and not remain static, and that although it may seem the case, we Christians are not a breed in isolation.
Nancy LaRonda Johnson, Deputy Probation Officer, Oakland, California
In Finding Faith in the City that Care Forgot author Teena Myers combines a series of linked short stories to convey a message of faith and forgiveness. Though each story stands alone, a common thread runs through the book tying the tangled, knotted lives of its protagonists together. The lives of her characters are filled with defeat, despair and unlikely circumstances that, through the grace of God, ultimately lead to conversion and newfound faith. The underbelly of the mean, inner-city streets, rife with alcoholism, drug addiction, and gang warfare, is on full display. Demonic possession, witchcraft and plain old-fashioned evil lurk in the shadows and around every corner, but she vanquishes them all with grace, aplomb and the power of the Lord. As I read Finding Faith in the City that Care Forgot, I was reminded of John Newton’s immortal words, “…was lost, but now am found, was blind, but now I see.
E. G. Lewis, Novelist, North Bend, Oregon